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Guest lecture by Prof. Brian Tamanaha (John S. Lehmann University Professor, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis) | Date, time: April 28, 2021, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. | Venue: Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, Freiburg, via Zoom
– in cooperation with 'Institut für Staatswissenschaft & Rechtsphilosophie', University of Freiburg –

This talk approaches core issues in contemporary legal philosophy from a sociologically informed standpoint. It begins by positioning sociological approaches in relation to legal philosophy, and then discusses, in turn, sociological jurisprudence (including holism and historicism), law as an artifact, and the social construction of law. Critical comments are welcome on this draft essay.

Short biography:
Brian Z. Tamanaha is John S. Lehmann University Professor, Washington University School of Law.  A legal theorist and law and society scholar, he is the author of 10 books, which have collectively received 6 awards, including the 2019 IVR Book Prize for best book in legal philosophy for A Realistic Theory of Law (Cambridge 2017).  He has delivered named lectures and keynote addresses around the globe and his work has been translated into 12 languages.  His latest book is Legal Pluralism Explained: History, Theory, Consequences (OUP 2021).